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  • Russian says its cargo ship has crashed due to malfunction

    12/01/2016 10:14:16 AM PST · by McGruff · 34 replies
    AP ^ | December 1 2016
    Russia's space agency says an unmanned cargo space ship that blasted off to the International Space Station has crashed due to an unspecified malfunction. Roscosmos says in a statement Thursday that the Progress MS-04 cargo craft crashed at the altitude of 190 kilometers (118 miles) over the remote Russian Tyva region that borders Mongolia. It says most of the space ship's debris burnt as it entered the atmosphere.
  • Operation in Syria only targets terror, Erdogan clarifies

    12/01/2016 8:23:09 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 6 replies
    Turkey’s military operation in Syria is not against any country or person but terror groups in general, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, in contrast to earlier remarks that Turkey’s objective was to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad following. “The aim of the Euphrates Shield Operation is no country or person but only terror organizations. No one should doubt this issue that we have uttered over and over, and no one should comment on it in another fashion or try to [misrepresent its meaning],” Erdogan said at a 30th gathering with village chiefs at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on...
  • Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting

    12/01/2016 1:57:59 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    Syrian rebels in secret talks with Moscow to end Aleppo fighting. Turkey-facilitated negotiations without US show how Washington could become sidelined
  • Ukraine starts missile test near Crimea, angering Russia

    12/01/2016 1:10:47 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/1/2016 | Pavel Polityuk and Andrey Ostroukh
    Ukraine began two days of missile tests near Crimea on Thursday - a move that has angered Russia. Volodymyr Kryzhanovsky, a Ukrainian military official, said the exercises, which are taking place in Ukraine's southern Kherson region bordering Crimea, had begun and that everything was going smoothly. The exercises, which will run from Dec. 1-2, were taking place at least 30 kilometres (18.64 miles) from Crimean air space, he said. Moscow has responded by putting its land-based and ship-borne air defence forces in Crimea on higher alert. Warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet took up position off Crimea's western coastline on...
  • For Secretary of State: John Bolton

    11/30/2016 10:04:31 PM PST · by george76 · 64 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Dec 01, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    How about someone with experience as a diplomat, including within the State Department and as a former U.N. ambassador? John Bolton, now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a regular commentator on cable news, does not engage in wishful thinking, or project American morals on those who don't share them in the vain hope they might be contagious. Here is Bolton on the threat of radical Islamic terrorism: "When you have a regime that would be happier in the afterlife than in this life, this is not a regime that is subject to classic theories of deterrence."...
  • Kremlin asks Turkey to explain Erdogan's remark about toppling Assad

    11/30/2016 5:32:40 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/30/2016 | Andrew Osborn
    The Kremlin said on Wednesday that Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's statement that his forces in Syria were there to topple President Bashar al-Assad had come as a surprise to Moscow and that it expected an explanation from Ankara. In a speech on Tuesday, Erdogan said: "We are there to bring justice. We are there to end the rule of the cruel Assad, who has been spreading state terror," Erdogan said. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call: "It is a very serious statement and one which differs from previous ones [...] We hope that our Turkish partners...
  • Armenia-US economic cooperation to continue during Trump administration

    11/29/2016 11:42:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Public Radio of Armenia ^ | November 30, 2016 | Siranush Ghazanchyan
    Economic cooperation between Armenia and the United States will continue during the next US Administration, Minister Counselor at the Armenian Embassy in the United States Hrachia Tashchian told Sputnik. “We do not see any reason that could stop or halt the economic cooperation between Armenia and the United States,” Tashchian said on the sidelines of the third annual “Doing Business With Eurasian Economic Union” Conference in Washington. Tashchian stressed that the United States was a key economic partner for Armenia. “US-Armenia Intergovernmental Joint Task Force is among the main tools fostering cooperation and discussion of a wide range of issues...
  • A Rare Look at the Chinese Navy's Submarines

    11/29/2016 11:47:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A news report on Chinese state television provided a rare look inside one of the submarines of the Chinese Navy. The Kilo-class submarine was purchased from Russia during the 1990s and is the tip of Beijing's spear in its disputes with neighbors. The People's Republic of China bought twelve 636-class submarines in the 1990s and early 2000s. The submarines, known as the "Kilo" class to NATO, were originally designed by the Soviet Union to operate in Cold War European coastal waters. After the fall of the USSR and the end of the Warsaw Pact, the 636 class became a useful...
  • Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change

    11/29/2016 9:29:09 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 186 replies
    Largest all-female expedition braves Antarctica to fight inequality, climate change By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The largest all-female expedition to Antarctica, comprising 76 scientists, is due to set sail from Argentina on Friday in a quest to promote women in science and highlight the impact of climate change on the planet. The international team will brave sub-zero temperatures to undergo a 20-day bootcamp on the frozen continent aimed at developing their leadership skills and challenging male dominance of senior scientific roles. Women make up only 28 percent of the world's researchers and are particularly under-represented at senior...
  • Merkel: Germans must learn to live with Russian cyberwar

    11/29/2016 5:27:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.de ^ | 29 Nov 2016 14:12 GMT+01:00
    Cyber attacks from Russia are now so common that Germany must learn to cope with them as part of daily life, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, after Europe’s top economy suffered its largest ever online assault. Almost one million Deutsche Telekom clients were knocked offline from Sunday, with Germany’s online security chief describing it as “a hacking attack”. Merkel said she did not know who was behind the strike, but added that “such cyber attacks, or hybrid conflicts as they are known in Russian doctrine, are now part of daily life and we must learn to cope with them”. “We...
  • RUSSIA transferred to Crimea s-300vm missile on the eve of the Ukraine tests over the Black Sea

    11/29/2016 1:43:03 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 21 replies
    Inform Napalm ^ | November 29, 2016 | Mikhail Kuznetsov
    RUSSIA has deployed in occupied Crimea s-300vm "antey-2500" & is likely to try to disrupt the missile tests in Ukraine over the Black Sea 1-2 December. Today, 29 November, in the occupied Kerch (Crimea) was spotted movement of Russian technology. Volunteers of the international intelligence community InformNapalm identified among technology zentno missile system s-300vm "antey-2500" (GRAU index-9K81M). We remind that this air defense system with the possibility of combating ballistic missiles and medium-haul (up to 2500 km). The system is designed to defeat modern and future tactical and strategic aviation aircraft (including those made with application of stealth technology), medium-range...
  • Erdogan: Turkish Forces Are In Syria To End Assad's Rule

    11/29/2016 9:59:20 AM PST · by Fennie · 61 replies
    RT News ^ | November 29, 2016
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the Turkish Army has entered Syria to end the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the accused of terrorism and causing the deaths of thousands of Syrians. "We entered [Syria] to end the rule of the tyrant al-Assad who terrorizes with state terror. [We didn't enter] for any other reason," the Turkish president said at the first Inter-Parliamentary Jerusalem Platform Symposium in Istanbul, as quoted by Hurriyet daily. Erdogan said that Turkey has no territorial claims in Syria, but instead wants to hand over power to the Syrian population, adding that Ankara is...
  • The Russian MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies are to send mobile hospitals to Syria

    11/29/2016 6:11:28 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 2 replies
    The Russia’s President Vladimir Putin ordered the MoD and the Ministry for Emergencies to send mobile hospitals to Syria to provide medical service to the locals. The press learned it from the President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov. According to his words, the term was set as "in shortest possible time". He also said that the MoD was to send a medical team with a multi-functional hospital for 100 beds with a paediatric therapy ward. The hospital’s capacity for treating outpatients is 420 persons per day. The Ministry for Emergencies’ mobile facility has 50 beds and outpatient capacity of 200 persons.
  • We need a plan if Assad wins

    11/29/2016 2:26:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 28 November 2016
    We need a plan if Assad wins 28 November 2016 ? 9:00pm The word “unacceptable” has been used a great deal in the context of the Syrian tragedy. Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons was branded “unacceptable” but there is evidence of their continued use after Western plans to bomb arms dumps were aborted. Then, it was “unacceptable” that President Assad would ever be part of the future of Syria. No peace deal would be countenanced while he remained in power. Yet, with Russian help, he may be on the verge of a military victory. It has been apparent for...
  • The Syrian Army has taken a large part of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 11:30:42 PM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 13 replies
    Vedomosti (In Russian) ^ | Novermber 29, 2016
    On the night of November, 29 the Syrian government troops were advancing on militants in neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, as [Russian] Interfax reports referring to the Russian reconciliation centre in Syria. "14 neighbourhoods of Eastern Aleppo, where about 300,000 residential dwellings are situated, were freed from the terrorists yesterday." More than 8500 civilians, about 4000 of whom are children, have left the militants-controlled neighbourhoods. They receive temporary shelter, hot meals and, if needed, medical service. In the recent 24 hours more than 140 militants have given up resistance and left Aleppo. Earlier "The Washington Post"'s sources in the American administration...
  • Germany wants 'any French president who's not Le Pen'

    11/28/2016 11:10:00 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 36 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.de ^ | 28 Nov 2016 12:26 GMT+01:00
    François Fillon, frontrunner to become France’s next president, has sparked unease in Germany with his friendly attitude toward Russia, but signs that he would beat Marine Le Pen are being welcomed. Fillon secured the nomination of the French conservative Republicans on Sunday with a resounding victory over his more moderate challenger Alain Juppe. Opinion polls currently predict that he would handily beat far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen in the knock-out finals of next May’s presidential elections. That in itself is cause for relief in Germany, France’s traditional core EU partner, which has been rattled by the US election...
  • Inside Kerry’s race to stop the siege of Aleppo

    11/28/2016 1:05:18 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 27 at 7:33 PM | Josh Rogin
    Our indefatigable outgoing Secretary of State John F. Kerry is engaged in a furious if implausible diplomatic effort to strike a deal with Russia to end the siege of Aleppo. He is motivated not just by the humanitarian crisis in the Syrian city but also by the prospect that the incoming president will strike a different kind of deal with Moscow, one that abandons the Syrian opposition and places the United States squarely on the side of dictator Bashar al-Assad. The State Department is not advertising Kerry’s quiet mission, following the quick collapse of the last U.S.-Russia cease-fire agreement he...
  • War with Russia? US politicians close to approving ‘no-fly zone’ in Syria

    11/27/2016 9:19:18 PM PST · by Bobalu · 57 replies
    http://theduran.com/ ^ | 11/22/16 | RICK STERLING
    Late in the day Tuesday November 15, Congress convened in a special session. With normal rules suspended, they passed House Resolution 5732 – the “Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act”. The resolution calls for intensifying already harsh sanctions on Syria, assessing implementation of No Fly Zone in Syria and escalating efforts to press criminal charges against Syrian officials.
  • Britain to be left with fewer tanks than Serbia as existing war machines are replaced by Ajax (tr)

    11/27/2016 7:49:52 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 28 November 2016 | JESSICA DUNCAN
    The Army are planning to cut its number of front line tanks by up to a third, leaving Britain with fewer than Serbia, Russia and only a few more than Switzerland. As MailOnline reported earlier this month hundreds of Ajax mini-tanks are due to be supplied to the Army next year with the full order of 600 delivered to the Ministry of Defence by 2024 costing around £3.5billion. The Ajax armoured vehicles will travel at speeds of up to 40mph and have been touted as the first ever fully digital armoured fighting vehicle in UK military history. All you need...
  • In Putin's Russia, it just got easier to find the perpetrators of Stalin's purges

    11/25/2016 1:34:25 AM PST · by Tarasaramozart · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 24, 2016 | David Filitov
    MOSCOW — A Russian human rights group has published a database containing personal information about nearly 40,000 members of the notorious security force that carried out Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s purges, shedding light on an ugly stretch of history the Kremlin would prefer to remain hidden. The archive, culled from the records of Stalin’s security forces (the NKVD) and posted on the website of Memorial, the human rights group, for the first time names those who carried out some 700,000 executions from 1935 to 1939 during “The Great Terror.” Russian President Vladi­mir Putin has in recent years revised Stalin’s legacy,...
  • Russian Navy to decide on prototype Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval howitzer system production

    11/26/2016 3:15:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | 26 November 2016
    The Russian Navy has not yet made any decision on the production of a prototype of the promising Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne howitzer, the press office of Russia’s Uralvagonzavod armor producer said in an interview with Flotprom online media organization. Koalitsiya F Howitzer turret 152mm Russia Navy Koalitsiya-F 152mm naval gun system The information about the Koalitsiya-F howitzer appeared in the media back to 2006, the press office added. "Russia’s Burevestnik Central Research Institute [an Uralvagonzavod subsidiary] has worked out proposals concerning the development of the Koalitsiya-F 152mm shipborne system and submitted them to the Navy," the press office said. "As...
  • Christian Leader Of Russia: Trump Is Only American Leader Who Gives Hope to Persecuted Christians

    11/25/2016 11:50:03 PM PST · by detective · 2 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | November 25, 2016 | Theodore Shoebat
    Shortened title. Full title: Major Christian Leader Of Russia Declares: Trump Is The Only American Leader That Gives Hope For Persecuted Christians Patriarch Kirill of Russia declared that Trump is the only American leader that gives hope for Christians in fighting off the Islamic State, a great persecutor of Christians. According to one report: Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, has said that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is the only American politician to give Russians, and Christians, hope in successfully fighting off the Islamic State terror group. Kirill made the remarks in an interview with Russia Today,...
  • Trump 'Only US Politician' Who Gives Christians Hope, Russia's Spiritual Leader Says

    11/25/2016 1:58:51 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 13 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 25, 2016 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Patriarch Kirill, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, has said that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is the only American politician to give Russians, and Christians, hope in successfully fighting off the Islamic State terror group. Kirill made the remarks in an interview with Russia Today, translated into English, where he said that although he doesn't know Trump personally, he has been encouraged by his strong stance against terrorism. "Based on what Mr. Trump said in the course of the election campaign, we can see that he does have the intention to establish a dialogue with Russia, including first and...
  • Top scientist who discovered Litvinenko poison 'stabbed himself to death with two knives...

    11/25/2016 12:11:11 PM PST · by McGruff · 37 replies
    Mirror ^ | November 24, 2016 | Imogen Robinson
    The radiation expert who discovered the poison that killed Alexander Litvinenko "committed suicide" by stabbing himself repeatedly with two knives months after a trip to Russia, a coroner ruled. Matthew Puncher, 46, bled to death at his home after receiving multiple stab wounds across his body from two kitchen knives, an inquest heard. A pathologist said he could not completely exclude the possibility that someone else had been involved in the death of the father, but came to the conclusion that the injuries were self-inflicted.
  • Vladimir Putin Just Ordered 3,000 New Tanks - SIX TIMES What Britain Has In TOTAL

    11/25/2016 8:12:24 AM PST · by Fennie · 35 replies
    Daily Star ^ | November 25, 2016 | By Henry Holloway
    Russia is preparing to upgrade the out of service Soviet-era T-80 battle tanks to beef up its armed forces. Up to 3,000 of the decommissioned war machines will be given an up-to-date overhaul and rolled out across the Putin's military. This new cohort of armoured vehicles dwarfs alone Britain's arsenal of tanks six-fold. Russia already has 15,000 tanks in service - the most in the world - while Britain has just over 400. The "overhaul and modernisation" of the vehicles will begin next year as Putin continues to boost the military of his resurgent Russia. Around 550 T-80s are still...
  • Russian Co-Creator of MiG-29 Fighter Jet Ivan Mikoyan Dies at 89

    11/25/2016 4:51:24 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 25.11.2016
    Famous Russian aircraft designer, co-creator of the MiG-29 fighter jet Ivan Mikoyan has died aged 89, Russian Rossiya-24 TV channel reports. "All his life Ivan Mikoyan worked at the design bureau founded by his uncle, Artem Mikoyan, in 1939. He was a leading engineer and deputy chief designer," a statement published by the "Zvezda" TV channel said. Ivan Mikoyan was born on September 1, 1927, in the USSR. His father, Anastas Mikoyan (1895-1978) was a government figure, while his uncle, Anastas’ brother Artem Mikoyan (1905-1970), was the first general designer of the experimental design bureau MiG. Ivan graduated from a...
  • Two Dead as Gunman Storms Catholic Monk Retirement Home in France

    11/24/2016 3:25:50 PM PST · by LSUfan · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Nov 16 | Breitbart London
  • Russian Naval Aviation Cannot Gain Full-Fledged Combat Experience In Syria for Now

    11/24/2016 5:36:10 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    TASS Defense ^ | Nov 23, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Naval Aviation’s planes and helicopters on board the Admiral Kuznetsov (NATO reporting name: Kuznetsov-class) aircraft carrier have been unable to learn full-fledged combat employment lessons from the military operation in Syria, expert Sergei Ishchenko writes in an article published by the Svobodnaya Pressa online news agency. A week has passed since Russian carrier-borne aircraft joined the fighting in the Syrian provinces of Idlib and Homs. The intermediate results produced by the Admiral Kuznetsov’s carrier air wing have been not what the top brass expected dispatching the huge ship and her impressive strike group to the Mediterranean...
  • Russians Blame MiG-29K Crash on Broken Arrestor Cable, Catastrophic Engine Failure

    11/22/2016 3:04:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    USNI News ^ | November 21, 2016 | Sam LaGrone
    A combination of faults on Russia’s carrier and an unexpected total engine shutdown led to a Russian pilot ditching his fighter in the Mediterranean Sea last week, read a translation of a Monday Russian press report. The Mikoyan MiG-29K that crashed on Nov. 13 was part of a trio of fighters sortied from Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov for operations over Syria, USNI News reported last week. Following the mission – armed reconnaissance runs over targets near Aleppo, USNI News understands — the fighters headed back to the carrier to land, read a translation of a report from Gazeta.ru. “Upon completion...
  • Russia responds to NATO advance with missiles in its Europe enclave

    11/21/2016 5:33:16 PM PST · by Mariner · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 21st, 2016 | By Tucker Reals
    Russia will deploy two advanced missile systems to its far-west territory of Kaliningrad in a direct response to NATO expansion in eastern Europe, a pro-Kremlin Russian lawmaker said Friday. Kaliningrad is a parcel of land disconnected from the Russian mainland that sits on the coast of the Baltic sea, sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania. A Russian deployment of S-400 surface-to-air missiles and nuclear-capable Iskander balistic missiles to Kaliningrad, with its proximity to NATO member states, will undoubtedly heighten concerns among leaders of the transatlantic security alliance, who were already nervous over incoming American leader Donald Trump’s commitment to their collective...
  • (Rep.) Tulsi Gabbard (D) - CIA Must Stop Illegal, Counterproductive War to Overthrow Assad

    11/21/2016 1:01:17 PM PST · by maggief · 83 replies
    CNN via YouTube ^ | Oct 21, 2015
    Published on Oct 21, 2015 Speaking with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Tulsi explains why the US allying with Islamist extremists to overthrow Syrian President Assad is an illegal, counterproductive war that will cause even more human misery in the region and help ISIS and other Islamist extremists take over all of Syria. Instead of once again being distracted by trying to get rid of a secular dictator, Tulsi explains, the US must stay out of counter productive wars and focus on defeating the Islamist extremists who have declared war on America.
  • Russia to ask Donald Trump for help bombing Syria as air strikes re-launched on wartorn country

    11/20/2016 7:58:21 AM PST · by Trump_vs_Evil_Witch · 34 replies
    Mirror ^ | 11-20-2016 | Nigel Nelson
    President Vladimir Putin’s London ambassador says Russia has been trying to persuade US president Barack Obama to agree to the air strikes...... And Alexander Yakovenko says they will now talk to Trump when he takes office as Obama’s successor in January hoping for a more sympathatic hearing.
  • Why are Russians so optimistic about Trump?

    11/21/2016 10:24:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 40 replies
    russia-direct.org ^ | 11/21/2016 | Daniel Kozin
    By all accounts, the relationship over the past two years has been dreadful. The Ukraine crisis gave way to the worst period in U.S.-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War, resulting in mutual sanctions, aggressive military exercises, bellicose rhetoric, the possibility of a military confrontation in Syria, and a total breakdown in communication and cooperation.... ... Trump’s pre-election position on Russia took everyone by surprise last July when he said: “Wouldn't it be a great thing if we could actually get along with Russia?” ... Trump’s overarching world view, based on national interests, is seen, paradoxically, as being...
  • Russia quits Hague Court

    11/20/2016 11:22:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 86 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/11/16 | Chana Roberts
    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a directive on Wednesday to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Hague. The ICC is meant to be the world's first permanent court and works to prosecute leaders and countries for war crimes, genocide and "crimes against humanity." In 2000, Russia signed the Rome treaty establishing the ICC, but never ratified it. The ICC was established in 1998, and currently has over 100 member states. Like Russia, the US also signed the treaty but declared in 2002 that they had "no intention" of ratifying it. Last Tuesday, the UN General Assembly's Human Rights...
  • The coldest handshake: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin photographed in brief frosty exchange at Per

    11/20/2016 11:34:09 AM PST · by ColdOne · 41 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 11/20/16 | ap
    full title..............................The coldest handshake: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin photographed in brief frosty exchange at Peru summit - amid angry clash over Syria and Russian support for Trump ........................President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin were photographed in a brief exchange in Peru amid frosty dealings over Syria. They spoke briefly on Sunday as an economic summit got under way in Peru, in their first known conversation since Donald Trump was elected the next U.S. president. The two leaders were seen chatting as reporters were allowed in briefly for the start of the opening session of the Asia-Pacific Economic...
  • Orthodoxy And Russia Inseparable - Putin (Russia Based On Christian Values)

    11/20/2016 9:20:49 AM PST · by goldstategop · 23 replies
    TASS | 11/20/2016 | TASS
    LADIVOSTOK, November 20. /TASS/. Orthodoxy has been playing a major role in Russia’s life throughout the entire history of Russia, so it would not be an exaggeration to say that Orthodoxy and Russia are inseparable, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in the film Patriarch shown on the Rossiya-1 television channel on Sunday to mark the 70th birth anniversary of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. "Orthodoxy and Russia are inseparable. And throughout our entire history, Orthodoxy has been playing a major role in the life of our state and our nation," the president said. "Our moral values rest on...
  • Senators vow to counter Trump on Russia (McCain, Graham,)

    11/20/2016 6:01:28 AM PST · by maggief · 86 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 20, 2016 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Senators are pledging to take a firm line with Russia next year, setting up a potential conflict with incoming President Donald Trump. Skeptical of Trump’s warmer relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin, lawmakers in both parties are breaking with the incoming administration to carve out a tougher stance. Lawmakers would like the president-elect to rein in Russia, but they’re also signaling that Congress will act on its own. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said when it comes to Russia he’s planning to be “a bit of a hard ass.” “We cannot sit on the sidelines as a party and let allegations...
  • Russian Foreign Ministry: People from Clinton's Elections Team Visited Moscow Many Times

    11/19/2016 6:19:13 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 5 replies
    MEMRI -- transcribing Russia 1 ^ | November 13, 2016 | MEMRI - Russian TV
    Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said that meetings with various personnel on the elections teams of both U.S. presidential candidates was "normal diplomatic practice," and implied that the American outrage regarding Russian contacts with President-elect Trump's team in the buildup to the elections was groundless. Asked about contacts with Hillary Clinton's team, Zakharova said: "They came to Moscow many times." She was speaking on a Russia 1 post-elections talk show on November 13.
  • Rand Paul: Will Donald Trump betray voters by hiring John Bolton?

    11/19/2016 11:20:11 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 126 replies
    Rare.us ^ | November 15, 2016 | Senator Rand Paul
    Rumors are that Donald Trump might pick John Bolton for Secretary of State. Heaven forbid.One of the things I occasionally liked about the President-elect was his opposition to the Iraq war and regime change. He not only grasped the mistake of that war early, but also seemed to fully understand how it disrupted the balance of power in the Middle East and even emboldened Iran.We liberated Iraq, but today their best friend is Iran, their second greatest ally is Russia, and their third strongest alliance is with Syria. Trump really seems to get the lesson. Hillary Clinton never did.Most importantly...
  • Russia's 'Night Hunter': from maiden flight to fighting ISIS

    11/18/2016 5:54:26 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 9 replies
    Tass ^ | November 17, 2016
    Russia’s Mil Mi-28N “Night Hunter” (NATO reporting name: Havoc or Havoc-B) attack helicopter took to the skies for the first time on November 14, 1996. Nineteen years later, the attack helicopter joined the Russian air task force in Syria, which is fighting militants of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra organizations (outlawed in Russia) on the invitation of Syrian authorities. In particular, the Russian Defense Ministry posted a video on its official channel in the YouTube, showing a Night Hunter helicopter destroying terrorists’ armor. Russia is currently developing the helicopter’s new modification, Mi-28NM, taking into account the Syrian experience. As...
  • Russian Brigades to Receive Koalitsiya-SV Self-Propelled Gun Soon

    11/18/2016 5:47:59 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    Sputnik news ^ | Nov 18, 2016
    MOSCOW --- The Russian Land Force's artillery brigades will begin receiving state-of-the-art Koalitsiya-SV self-propelled guns in the near future, chief of missile and artillery troops Maj. Gen. Mikhail Matveevsky said Friday. "The planned purchase and supply of these complexes into the artillery brigades will begin in the near future," Matveevsky said. Koalitsiya-SV was first unveiled at the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015, in Red Square, Moscow. Matveevsky underscored the automated weapon's innovative multi-round simultaneous impact firing capabilities, delivering several volleys at various trajectories to engage a target at the same time. "The combat capabilities of the complex are...
  • Russia’s First Pro-Trump Rally To Be Held In Kaluga Region

    11/18/2016 12:49:36 AM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies
    TASS ^ | 11/18/2016 | TASS
    KALUGA, November 18. /TASS/. The first Russian rally in support of US President-Elect Donald Trump will take place on November 19 in the city of Obninsk, Kaluga region, the city administration told TASS on Friday. According to the rally organizers, the event aims "to express hope for improving Russia-US relations." "The rally will be held on November 19 on the Privokzalnaya Square in Obninsk. The organizers received the appropriate permits in advance. It is planned that around 40 people would participate in the two-hour rally," a source in the city administration said. Billionaire Donald Trump was elected the 45th President...
  • Latest Russian Navy Frigate & Corvette Classes to Be Upgraded with RAM Radar Absorbing Coating

    11/17/2016 10:35:53 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 17 November 2016
    The Russian-built Project 29380 (NATO reporting name: Steregushchy-class) and Project 20385 corvettes and Project 22350 (Gorshkov-class) frigates will receive radar absorbing coating as part of their upgrade, says the press office of defense contractor Ruselectronics (a subsidiary of Rostec). The first ship of the new Russian Navy frigate project 22350 class "Admiral Gorshkov" at full speed "The characteristics of the [radar absorbing] materials [RAM] developed by the Ferrit-Domen Research Institute [a subsidiary of Ruselectronics] in St. Petersburg allow their use in the vessels of all classes, be it light, medium or heavy. Ferrit-Domen also is taking part in the governmental...
  • 'Russia Is NO Match For Us' Top Trump Ally's Astonishing Putdown Of Putin's Military Might

    11/17/2016 6:10:30 AM PST · by Strategy · 42 replies
    Daily Express ^ | November 16, 2016 | By Tom Batchelor
    DONALD Trump's closest politial ally has rubbished Russia's claims of military might as he angles for a top job in the Republican new administration. Former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani said the Kremlin's aggressive rhetoric was all bluster, suggesting Moscow did not pose a threat to the West. Mr Giuliani, who is being lined up for the job of Secretary of State - America's equivalent of foreign secretary - blasted: "Russia thinks it's a military competitor - it really isn't." But the senior Republican also attacked Barack Obama for allowing Vladimir Putin to seize on instability around the world...
  • GOP senator: Investigate Russia

    11/16/2016 4:44:59 PM PST · by McGruff · 43 replies
    CNN (Alt-Left website) ^ | November 16, 2016 | Nicole Gaouette
    A leading Republican lawmaker is calling for investigations into alleged Russian cyberhacks during the US election despite President-elect Donald Trump's repeated calls for warmer ties with Moscow. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican and one of the chamber's most experienced foreign policy hands, said the attempt by a foreign country to interfere with the US voting process needs better understanding and a vigorous response. "Assuming for a moment that we do believe that the Russian government was controlling outside organizations that hacked into our election, they should be punished," Graham told reporters Tuesday. Referring to Russian President Vladimir Putin,...
  • Russia refuses to ratify Rome Statute as ICC ‘failed to become truly independent’

    11/16/2016 8:06:39 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    RT ^ | 16 Nov, 2016 11:31
    The Rome Statute, which entered into effect in 2002, is the basis of the activities of the ICC. It established four core international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. Moscow signed the treaty in 2000, but has not ratified it. ICC jurisdiction therefore does not apply to Russia, as well as the United States, China, Israel, Ukraine and a number of other countries. The United States is not a party to the Rome Statute and does not plan to ratify it. However, the court recently published a report regarding its probe into alleged war...
  • Russia Joins Aircraft Carrier Combat Club

    11/16/2016 5:39:32 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    SEAPOWER ^ | November 15, 2016 | RICHARD R. BURGESS
    ARLINGTON, Va. — Russia’s navy has become the newest to launch combat strikes from an aircraft carrier, according to press reports, joining the tiny club of navies that have launched carrier aircraft into combat. The Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov, which is deployed to the Mediterranean Sea, launched strikes in Syria against rebel targets on Nov. 15, according to the Associated Press and Sputnik International. The carrier’s air wing includes MiG-29 and Su-33 jet fighters. The ship lost one MiG-29 on Nov. 13 in a mishap; the pilot ejected safely and was rescued. Russia joins the United States and France as...
  • This is How Russia Could Use Bastion Systems Against Ground Targets in Syria

    11/16/2016 5:25:17 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 15.11.2016
    The use of Russia’s Bastion coastal missile systems in Syria was the first combat use of this system against ground targets. It was aimed at testing the capabilities of the system in real combat conditions, said Konstantin Sivkov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems. Earlier on the day, Russian Defense Minister said Bastion systems had been deployed to Syria. The minister said they had conducted strikes on terrorist targets in Syria. "These complexes are able to destroy both sea and ground targets at a distance of 350 kilometers at sea and almost 450 kilometers over land," Shoigu said at...
  • Donald Trump Requests Security Clearance for Son-in-Law Jared Kushner

    11/16/2016 12:53:49 AM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 102 replies
    NBC News ^ | Nov 15 2016, 8:58 pm ET | by Andrea Mitchell, Alexandra Jaffe and Kelly O'Donnell
    Donald Trump has taken the unprecedented step of requesting his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, receive top-secret clearance to join him for his Presidential Daily Briefings, which began Tuesday. Multiple sources tell NBC News Trump received his first briefing on Tuesday and designated both Kushner and Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn as his staff-level companions for the briefings going forward. While Flynn has the necessary security clearance, Kushner does not, and it could take weeks — or even longer — for him to receive it.
  • Twitter Initiates Mass Purge Of Prominent Alt-Right Accounts Following Trump Victory (War!)

    11/15/2016 9:54:57 PM PST · by Az Joe · 107 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 15, 2016 | JONAH BENNETT, NATIONAL SECURITY/FOREIGN POLICY REPORTER
    Twitter has initiated a major purge of prominent accounts associated with the alt-right exactly a week after GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning electoral victory. One of the first and most prominent accounts caught up in the deletion is Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, an alt-right think tank focused on white identity and related policy issues. Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/11/15/twitter-initiates-mass-purge-of-alt-right-accounts-following-trump-victory/#ixzz4Q9GzPvSV